Black Bean Chili

Serves 4 to 6

1 pound lean ground pork

1 medium red OR green bell pepper, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 Tablespoons chili powder

1 Tablespoon paprika

2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 cup water

2 teaspoons dried oregano, crushed

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon lime juice

Shredded cheddar cheese

Coat a heavy, large, covered pot with olive oil.

Heat over medium-high heat.

Add pork, bell pepper, onion, garlic and cumin. Cook and stir until pork is brown and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Drain off fat.

Stir black beans, undrained tomatoes, water, oregano and salt into mixture in pot. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.

Uncover; simmer about 15 minutes more or until desired consistency.

Stir in lime juice. Ladle into soup bowls. Sprinkle each serving with cheddar cheese. Serve with tortillas, if desired.